November 12, 2003


As usual, when I went out of the house today, I met someone... different.

I went to the Commissary to stock up on pre-Thanksgiving goodies. Now, the Commissary has a rule that unless it's only one bag, you have to have a carry-out. You can't take your own stuff. I always overtip them, because luck of the draw usually assigns me an ancient little woman, stooped and creaky. Guilt is a great motivator on that tip action.

Today I got a tiny, delicate mahogany gentleman, with the sweetest Cajun accent I've ever heard. His voice was like old velvet, worn soft over the years.
And he seemed so very familiar, while we talked about the weather and the recent fires and the price of artichokes as we slowly, old-man-slowly, walked to my car.

Finally we got my groceries loaded in, and I had to say something about the deja vu rush. I wanted to ask him if maybe I hadn't been helped to my car by him before, but what came out was:
"Haven't I had you before?"
He smiled so big his eyes crinkled up like hot raisins. Then he took my hand and brought it up to his lips.
"Darlin' you would KNOW if you evah had me, lawd."

You can't tip nearly enough for that.

Posted by LeeAnn at November 12, 2003 02:09 PM

lawd have mercy, you rascalette!

Posted by: Ralph Rough at November 12, 2003 02:21 PM

Gee, at the Commissary here, I usually get sullen teenagers or the middle-aged scary guy who never says a word. But I have to tip, because they don't get paid otherwise.
On the rare occasion I get a nice kid or adult to carry my groceries out, I tip very well, extremely well, and if they are in the Commissary next time I'm there, they watch to see what line I'm in, and they take good care of me.
But I've never had a southern gentleman carry out my bags, darnit!

Posted by: Beth Donovan at November 12, 2003 06:50 PM


Posted by: Pixy Misa at November 12, 2003 09:05 PM

That's great stuff. Whenever I tried that I got a slap. Maybe things have changed?

Posted by: Simon at November 12, 2003 09:55 PM

LOL I woulda tipped him big for that one too.

Posted by: JaxVenus at November 13, 2003 01:10 AM

LOL! Classic.

Posted by: Jane at November 13, 2003 10:31 AM

Love it!

I think I've had him before myself.

I think he makes the rounds to all the commissaries.

Posted by: Da Goddess at November 15, 2003 09:54 PM